Frequently Asked Questions

Anti-Wrinkle Injections

What are anti-wrinkle injections?

These are botulinum toxin injections (a nuero-toxic protein) derived from the purified protein Clostridium Botulinum. This is injected into the selected muscles causing the neuro transmission between nerve and muscle to be temporarily blocked. Consequently, the muscles will not move on the subconscious instruction resulting in smooth, wrinkle free skin.

Therefore, botulinum injections work best on dynamic wrinkles. Static wrinkles caused by repetitive muscle movement over time, and remain when your facial muscles are relaxed may not be eliminated but can be softened. In the same way they can prevent any wrinkles forming if they have not already.

When do you see the results?

Results will be evident between two to seven days post treatment and will reach maximum effect at two weeks. Results will last three to four months.

How many injections will I need?

It varies but can be between three and five per area.

Can men have anti-wrinkle injections?

Yes, they work well on both male and females. There is an extra charge of £10 for men as they tend to have stronger muscles so need a larger dose to be as effective.

Will my face look frozen?

No, our knowledgeable and qualified practitioner will ensure this does not occur by skilfully injecting the correct areas with the appropriate doses. In the predominant number of these cases, it is due to an over-excessive dose being administered.

Is botulinum toxin safe?

Yes, when it is administered by a qualified aesthetic practitioner.

Does the botulinum toxin build up within my system?

No, the toxin is metabolised within 28 days by your body so is not accumulated. Repeated treatments allow the muscles to re-educate themselves and allow your skin to rest, softening out the wrinkles.

Who should not have anti-wrinkle injections?

Not many studies have been conducted on pregnant or breastfeeding mothers; therefore due to the lack of evidence it is advised to avoid anti-wrinkle injections.

Avoid also, if you have a previous allergy to botulinum toxin A, an infection at the proposed treatment area, or if you have any muscle weakness or neurological diseases.

Are there any side effects?

There are little risks involved but it is important you are aware of them to make an informed choice.

Redness, bruising and swelling at the injection sites can occur but will resolve shortly after the treatment.

There is the rare possibility of the botulinum toxin dispersing from the injection site causing temporary drooping of the eye lid/eyebrow which would resolve within four to six weeks. However good technique and a qualified practitioner will ensure the risks of this happening is minimal. Asymmetry can also be resolved.

Dermal Fillers

What is the difference between anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers?

Anti-wrinkle injections are used mainly in the upper third of the face to relax the muscles that cause dynamic lines such as frown lines, forehead lines and lines around the eyes. Dermal fillers restore volume within the skin, in the lower two thirds of the face and fill out lines caused by facial ageing. Dermal fillers can also enhance features such as the lips, giving them a fuller more sculptured look.

What is the dermal filler made of?

A dermal filler is a soft biodegradable gel containing hyaluronic acid, which naturally exists in the skin. Its function is to attract water to the skin, resulting in plumping of the area to create volume.

How long do dermal fillers last?

The effects of the filler will fade gradually over time. It can take between four and twelve months depending on the treatment area and will biodegrade, completely disappearing from within the skin eventually.

When do I see the results of the dermal filler?

Immediately, results last six to twelve months.

What filler is the best to use?

There are many different fillers on the market. Apart from using the leading brands, different areas of the face require a different type of filler depending on what type of force the filler will be subjected to within the face. For this reason, it is best for the qualified practitioner to make the decision regarding what type of filler is best.

How long will it take to administer the facial filler?

It can take on average 30-45 minutes.

Are there any side-effects?

Bruising, redness or swelling are quite common but will subside.

Can fillers be used with anti-wrinkle injections?

Yes, both treatments will result in an all rounded youthful look.

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